Irish Premiership: Glenavon 4-0 Glentoran

Glenavon hit four against Glentoran

Glenavon moved up to fourth in the Irish Premiership table thanks to an emphatic home win over Glentoran.

The visitors wasted some early chances before James Singleton forced in a 31st-minute opener and the same player made it 2-0 just before half-time.

Mark Patton pounced for the third after Glens keeper Elliott Morris had palmed out a shot by Ciaran Martyn.

Andy McGrory made it 4-0 to the Lurgan side, managing to get his shot in despite stumbling in the penalty area.

Before the match, Glenavon announced manager Gary Hamilton had signed a three-year contract extension at Mourneview Park.

He led the club to an Irish Cup triumph last year and will be encouraged by this move into the top four.

Glentoran fans, though, will be wondering how their team went in at the break 2-0 down as they looked the better team in the opening half hour.

Jordan Stewart's shot from the edge of the box was parried by keeper James McGrath, Curtis Allen had a header go just over and Steven Gordon skied over from 10 yards out.

Singleton scored his third of the season by getting the touch at the far post after Kevin Braniff's corner led to a goalmouth scramble.

In first-half stoppage-time, Singleton directed a low left-foot shot in for 2-0.

Patton's back-post conversion made it three with McGrory rounding things off by running on to Hamilton's pass and managing to score despite losing his balance.

Mark Patton celebrates after making to 3-0 for Glenavon against Glentoran
Mark Patton celebrates after making to 3-0 for Glenavon against Glentoran

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